Vet thankful after stranger covers meal tab

Emily Jaceks
November 23, 2017 10:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A Vietnam veteran said people have bought him coffee, but he’s never had anything like this.


Ernest Duran said he and his wife were eating dinner at Olive Garden on Albuquerque's West Side last Sunday when a random act of kindness changed their evening.

“When we got through eating, the assistant manager came up and she had my tab, my ticket, and she said a lady at the bar paid your ticket,” Duran said.

A complete stranger covered their nearly $40 bill.

“She gave me this little note here and she says on it ‘Thank you for serving your country. I really appreciate it, and happy holidays to you and your wife.’”

Duran said the assistant manager walked off, leaving him with no idea of who the mysterious giver was.

“It was really amazing, but I felt really bad because I didn't know who this person was and it felt weird not being able to thank her,” he said.

Now Duran wants this mysterious woman to know she's appreciated too. He plans to pass the generosity on.

“So on the way home after we left the Olive Garden, my wife and I were talking and I said, ‘You know that was really nice. Let’s give this to somebody else.’ So that's what I'm doing now.”

Duran wrote a thank you letter to that Good Samaritan. Click here to read it.


Emily Jaceks

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